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The Biopsychology major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for graduate school and careers related to the integration of biology and human behavior.

The major requires a minimum of 41 semester hours. Courses are divided into two categories, required courses and electives.

The required courses consist of six core courses, and a research component sequence, which can be completed in either the Biology or Psychology departments.

Courses are primarily taught by the Biology and Psychology departments, with the exceptions of MATH 207 and select Chemistry courses.

Additionally, students are required to conduct a senior research project (BIO 440/450 or PSYCH 420) related to biopsychology.

Course requirements (SH are noted in parentheses, see specific departments for complete course descriptions):

Required Courses (32-33 semester hours)

Core component:
The following six core courses must be taken (22 hours)

  • BIOL 150 (4) General Biology
  • BIOL 204 (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 140 (4) General Chemistry
  • PSYCH 101 (4) Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 243 (3) Mind, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSYCH 318 (3) Biopsychology

Research component: Choose one sequence (10-11 hours)

Biology Sequence (10 hours)

  • MATH 207 (4) Statistics for the Sciences (does not have to be taken in sequence)
  • BIOL 222 (1) Introduction to Research I
  • BIOL 322 (1) Introduction to Research II
  • BIOL 440 (2) Research I
  • BIOL 450 (2) Research II
Psychology Sequence (11 hours)
  • PSYCH 201 (4) Research Methods I: Statistics
  • PSYCH 202 (4) Research Methods II: Synthesis and Communication
  • PSYCH 420 (3) Research Seminar

Elective Courses (9-11 semester hours)
Choose three courses, at least one from BIOL and at least one from PSYCH

  • BIOL 202 (4) Genetics
  • BIOL 325 (4) Advanced Physiology
  • BIOL 333 (3) Evolution
  • BIOL 345/PSYCH 345 (3) Animal Behavior
  • CHEM 228(4) Organic Chemistry I
  • PSYCH 239 (3) Health Psychology
  • PSYCH 303 (3) Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYCH 320 (3) Cognition
  • PSYCH 327 (3) Sensation and Perception

Special Topics courses (PSYCH 250 or 350, or BIOL 250) may count toward the major as electives, as approved by the program coordinator when pertaining to biopsychology.

Students intending to go to graduate school in the Neurosciences are encouraged to take Organic Chemistry I as an elective.

Senior Research Component:
The senior research project, whether taken through the Biology (BIOL 440/450) or Psychology (PSYCH 420) research track, must be related to biopsychology, as determined by the research mentor and/or the Biopsychology major coordinator.

Last Updated Monday, February 18, 2008

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